After two years of research on which cross-over vehicle to buy I am proud to say I chose the Subaru Outback. I have the limited 2.5 edition. For a guy with back problems I am very pleased w/ the comfort of the seats. I find the layout of the controls very easy to use and the bluetooth handless free phone system works great.
I got to test the Subaru in this years' blizzard the day after Christmas and the Subaru dominated. Able to drive safely and comforably at 40-45 mph in blizzard conditions w/out slipping.
Its my first subaru and it won't be my last.
AWD in snow and off-roading capabilities; comforable seating; storage capacity.
I know its a heavy load, but to slightly improve its gas-mileage.